The Providence of Neighboring Bodies
It’s an exciting day for Dora here in North Providence, Rhode Island. Today is the day Dora is going to make coffee, go outside, and make friends with Ronnie. Ronnie lives in the apartment next door, so of course they were meant to be friends. Ronnie isn’t sure how she wound up living in North Providence for all these years, with a balcony overlooking the parking lot and the weird hill across the street. But here they both are, where nothing exciting has really happened since the great beaver purge of the mid-20th century. That is, until Jane shows up at Ronnie’s door. Maybe she’s just the distraction they need.
by Jean Ann Douglass
Produced by Dutch Kills
an Ars Nova Fling, 2017
Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh Fringe 2018
Directed by Jess Chayes
Scenic Design by Carolyn Mraz
Props by Jess Adams
Lighting Design by Derek Wright
Sound Design by Asa Wember
Original music by Chris Chappell
Costume Design by Kate Fry
Staged managed by Allison Raynes
Featuring Lori Parquet, Dinah Berkeley, and Amy Staats
Named one of The Guardian's 2018 "TOP PICKS OF THE FRINGE"
“★★★★ Sharp, funny writing, which pulls absurdity from the mundane... Director Jess Chayes has done a remarkable job of pulling everything together and it is the comedy that enables the emotional punches to carry so much weight. This is a strange reflection on female friendships, loneliness, rejection, denial and the need to find yourself. I won’t forget it in a hurry.”
★★★★ The dialogue is cleverly crafted and skillfully executed, with expert direction by Jess Chayes, masterful set design by Carolyn Mraz and wonderful costumes by Evan Prizant. A piece that challenges as well as entertaining you throughout, this is an entirely unique play that will make you think, and leave you wanting more.”
Theater is Easy Best Bet
"Chayes directs here as well and her simplicity and precision shines again... When viewed together there is a startling sense of the unknown that has all of us trapped, particularly now."
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